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Advanced Deuteronomy (BIB-440)
Various: distance learning format

Varies (self-study; self-paced)

March 2022 - Present.

Subject Area:
Judaic Studies

Number of Credits:

Learner Outcomes:

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate an in-depth knowledge of the concepts and themes found throughout the entire Book of Deuteronomy along with its medieval and modern commentaries; Students will be able to solve apparent contradictions in the verses and explain the hermeneutic principles which are applied to verses to gain new insight; Students will also explain legal rulings derived from the text found in major law books as well as interpret ethical issues which emerge from the text; In addition, students will be required to write five-one hundred-word essays connecting sources to a variety of themes using source material from the Chumash and selected commentaries; One essay will require the student to demonstrate an ability to translate from Hebrew to English.


Advanced Deuteronomy (BIB-440) will assess the students’ knowledge of the Book of Deuteronomy on an advanced level. Students will be required to have a broad knowledge of classical commentaries on the Book of Deuteronomy including: The Talmud, Midrash, Rashi, Ramban, Sforno, and R’ Samson R. Hirsch among others. Students will have a deep understanding of how the commentators analyze the Bible, with a focus on philosophical and ethical principles derived from the verses. Topics include: the purpose of repeating the Torah, Moses prayer to enter the land, the Ten Commandments, Shema, the court system, Moses blessing and more.

Credit recommendation:

In the upper division baccalaureate degree category, 3 semester hours in Judaic Studies, Near Eastern Studies, or Religion (2/22).